How can i print from ipad3 if my printer isnt compadible with airprint?

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    I have downloaded 2 different apps and are able to print tests so I know it is recognized. I cannot figure how to print from email and safari since they are looking for the AirPrint printer. Apple support could not help as they are not familiar with anything other than AirPrint. Can anyone help?
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    Here is a page that might help you with your problem of printing with a printer that doesn't support AirPrint.
    http://ipadhelp.com/ipad-help/print-from-ipad-iphone-without-airprint/
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    My Epson printer is not an AirPrint print. However, netgear, the co that makes my router, released a program tat runs on my pc that makes any printer on my pc (or on the network) act like an AirPrint printer. So, now I can print from my idevices but I don't own an AirPrint printer.
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    I have the same Netgear app on my Mac, and it works perfectly to make my old Epson look like an air printer to the iPad. I suspect it will also work on non-Netgear routers. Worth a try, since it's free.

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    Problem is that the things you all describe need to also use a computer. If you are just using an iPad you need air print.
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    Which you can get if you want to buy another printer. There are plenty of AirPrint printers out. I don't see any problems either way.
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    One more option for you. I have an Espon Workforce 615 (I think that is the model) printer. It is on my Wifi network, the same one that my computers and iPad is on. Epson also makes an iOS app (called Epson iPrint, available in the appstore from your iPad) that works for some of their printers. With such an app, I can print directly to my printer without the need of a program on my PC to make my printer appear to be an AirPrint printer.

    So, you might be able to do similar. It just depends on what equipment you have and what the manufacturer has provided in the way of support. Obviously, many different vendors provide support for the iPad.
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    No, if you download it and instal it, it has full functionality. You don't need to pay anything.
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    Is it freeware/shareware or ad supported? It says on the page that it is $19.95 per install. Does it watermark your printouts? I was able to download it, but I'm not sure I want to install it as my other solutions are free.
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    No, if you just install it, you am will see what I mean, it's the full-fledged program, they just want you to pay if your a big business.
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    If I am not mistaken, it seems to me that we would need to have a wi-fi connection to use any of the solutions mentioned here so far.
    Is there a way to print from an iPad to a printer without a wi-fi connection? I need to be able to print in places with no wi-fi access.

    I believe I should be able to do this with a router. Is this correct?

    Cheers!
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    I believe that would be impossible, as the only way for iOS devices to communicate between iOS device and computer/printer is either wifi, or a physical cable, which I have seen no such cable for printing. The last option available is bluetooth. Is that an option that is available for you to use?
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    If you have a router, would that not create its own wifi network? It does not have to be connected to the Internet.
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    You can print to a USB printer connected to an Airport Express. I don't think the Airport Express has to be connected to the Internet.

    This is an expensive option, but you did ask for 'any way'
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    One option is to get a laptop, a cable, and some drivers.

    As far as the iPad is concerned, I seriously doubt there will every be a cable connection to it for printing. Even my home printer is on wifi now and I print from all my computers via my home network. At work, I print to a printer over a network. While it should be possible to print to a printer via bluetooth, I don't see it happening as people have settled on wifi.

    One can certainly setup an internal wireless network using a router, but doing this without wifi just means you have another cable someplace else. No reason you can't take a printer and a router with you so you can have your own private wifi wherever you go.
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    I will pay to iodine if only it works.
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    No need to try it...it will work. this is what others have referred to before. You are basically using up a network with no connection to the internet. Most folks have this in their homes...the only difference here is this doesn't need a cable modem or whatever to get to the internet. The wifi in mosts folks house does this, but also has an internet connection. This just leaves that off. If you need to have mobile printing, then this is certainly an option.

    Keep in mind that this is NOT what you asked above. This is using wifi.

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